U.S. approves Google’s $900M bid for Nortel patents

The U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust authorities have approved Google’s $900 million bid for 6,000 Nortel patents, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Wednesday. The auction will take place June 20 and will likely change the legal landscape for tech companies.


Verizon bumps up 19 more cities to 4G LTE network

Verizon Wireless on Tuesday announced it would be adding 19 more U.S. cities to its list of locations with faster 4G LTE data service, bumping the total number of supported metropolitan areas up to 74. The new cities will be turned on Thursday.

AT&T launching LTE 4G in just five cities this summer (Verizon: LOL)

AT&T has a lot of catching up to do with its LTE 4G network, especially since Verizon has a major head start after launching its LTE network last December. But the first official details about AT&T’s LTE launch don’t inspire much hope.

Don’t bet on an LTE 4G iPhone 5 this year

Eventually one of these iPhone 5 rumors will have to pan out, so let’s keep throwing them at the wall: Industry sources say that Apple was originally planning to add LTE 4G capabilities to this year’s iPhone, but chose to delay including the technology until next year, Digitimes reports.

Verizon says its working to fix massive 4G LTE outage

Verizon Wireless subscribers on the carrier’s super fast LTE 4G network are now paying the price for being early adopters, as many users have been reporting sporadic 4G outages across the country.

Verizon’s 4G ThunderBolt outselling iPhone 4 at some stores

Verizon’s first LTE 4G phone, the Android-powered HTC Thunderbolt, has managed to hold its own against Apple’s iPhone 4 at Verizon Wireless stores — even going so far as to outsell the iPhone in some locations — according to the research firm BTIG.

Verizon promises LTE 4G in 147 US cities by year end

Verizon Wireless isn’t slowing down with its plan to cover America in glorious LTE 4G technology: the carrier announced today that it will bring LTE to 59 more markets, making for a grand total of “at least” 147 cities covered by the end of 2011.

Globecomm opens door to 4G for hosted wireless carriers

Globecomm, a provider of communications technology and services, announced today that it’s upgrading its wireless hosted platform to allow operators to easily migrate to 4G LTE service.

How AT&T’s T-Mobile acquisition will improve its network

In a call with investors this morning, AT&T executives gathered together to discuss what exactly yesterday’s announced T-Mobile acquisition means for the company. It’s also the first time we’ve heard specific details on short and long-term network improvements as a result of the deal.

Verizon’s 4G HTC Thunderbolt available today for $250

It’s been a long wait for the HTC Thunderbolt, Verizon’s first LTE 4G smartphone. After a delay of almost a month, Verizon has finally made the phone available today for $250 with a two-year contract.

4G company Clearwire loses CEO Bill Morrow

There’s trouble brewing over at Clearwire, the 4G network company in which Sprint holds a non-controlling majority stake. Chief executive Bill Morrow has resigned from his positions as CEO and executive board director, citing the usual “personal reasons,” the company announced today.

Verizon plans voice and video calling over 4G with VoLTE

Verizon Wireless has finally answered the question of how voice calls will be handled for its 4G LTE network. The carrier is planning a new service, tentatively dubbed VoLTE (voice over LTE), that will handle high quality voice and video calls over 4G, CNN reports.

Samsung to debut Galaxy S successor in February?

Sure, Samsung is now the king of Android phone manufacturers, but that doesn’t mean it plans to rest on the success of its current Galaxy S line of Android phones.

VentureBeat’s top gadgets from CES 2011: Atrix, Xoom, PlayBook and more

With this year’s Consumer Electronics Show behind us, it’s time to take a look back and reflect on what stood out the most. There were plenty of tablets, phones, computers and other gadgets at the show, but only a few were truly memorable. This year we saw a phone that turned into a smartbook, RIM’s miraculous comeback, a PC competitor to the Macbook Air and more.

It could be 2012 before 4G LTE Verizon iPhone arrives

Verizon Wireless and Apple finally launched their iPhone for the Verizon network today, but a lot of folks were disappointed to hear it was a code division multiple access (CDMA) phone and not a Long-Term Evolution (LTE) phone, which has faster data speeds.

AT&T’s 4G LTE network coming mid-2011 with 20 devices by year end

AT&T finally spilled the beans on the plans for its next-generation network at its Developer Summit today, an event held in conjunction with the giant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company says that it expects to launch its 4G network using LTE technology by the middle of the year; it just completed the deployment of its slightly-faster HSPA+ network (which AT&T also considers “4G”).

Meet the HTC Thunderbolt, Verizon’s first LTE 4G phone

It looks like we won’t have to wait until next week’s Consumer Electronics Show to check out Verizon’s first 4G phone. HTC’s Thunderbolt Android smartphone was just outed tonight by the Android blog Droid Life.

Verizon’s LTE 4G network lands Dec. 5, serving 110M users in 38 markets

Verizon’s 4G LTE wireless network will launch this Sunday, December 5, in 38 markets (serving 110 million people), the company revealed in a conference call today. Launch markets include major cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Verizon plans point to Motorola “Stingray” tablet, no BlackBerry Storm 3

A glimpse at Verizon Wireless’s product roadmap reveals “Stingray” as a potential name for Motorola’s 10-inch tablet, some new devices, as well as the fact that the carrier doesn’t want the BlackBerry Storm 3, according to sources who tipped off Engadget.

Verizon may launch LTE 4G network on November 15, new phones to follow

With Sprint steadily increasing the presence of its 4G network across the U.S., thanks to its partnership with Clearwire, other mobile carriers will have to settle on their 4G plans soon. Thus far, we’ve been hearing that AT&T, T-Mobile (its HSPA+ 3G network doesn’t count), and Verizon won’t have anything to show until 2011.

T-Mobile rolls out advanced 3G HSPA+ network in 25 cities

T-Mobile announced today that it’s launched its HSPA+ network — which offers faster speeds than typical 3G networks — in 25 cities across America. HSPA+ is an advanced 3G network that the company is pitting against 4G rival cellular networks from Verizon and Sprint.